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Team Canada 2010 – Period One

In Hockey Hits on November 3, 2009 by geespotting

Ok hockey fans. As anyone in our great country knows, the number one priority of any leader in this nation, is to put together the hockey team that will win Gold for Canada at the Vancouver Games. Sorry Prime Minister Harper…but, you ain’t Canada’s biggest leader right now…it’s Steve Yzerman…and we all know it! He has a little summit planned for tomorrow to discuss the team, and look ahead to a shortlist. I am sure he and his braintrust will take a peek at this team however.

Now the criteria. The last team for Canada placed a dismal 7th, and it’s because the Great Gretzky and his crew decided to play favorites. They looked back at the World Cup team that went undefeated in 2004. They picked guys from that team, instead of the guys that were hot in 2006! Those choices cost the team. A rookie Sidney Crosby, or a young and eager Jason Spezza are among those that should have been on the team. My team will have some of those players that are rolling right now. My team will also blend young and old, and extreme amounts of speed and offence. No offense to Robyn Regehr or Adam Foote…but, those type of players ain’t gonna make mine. So…here is period one of my team…the 2nd period comes up in a month…and the final period will be played the day before Stevie Y names his.

GOAL:

– Marc Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh. He may actually be the starter when the Games begin in February. He hasn’t slowed any since winning the Cup, and is probably the hottest Canadian goaltender right now.

– Roberto Luongo, Vancouver. He started slow, but, then he always does. I think it’s a given that he will be on this team, and it’s a given that he will be ready. He has done it before, many times, for his country.

– Steve Mason, Columbus. He was the rookie of the year, and some thought maybe the goalie of the year too. He is still leading the way for the Jackets, and deserves to at least be third stringer.

DEFENCE:

– Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim. He could be the captain this year, and despite his age, his wheels are still top notch.

– Chris Pronger, Philadelphia. He is one of the few shutdown d-men in the league, who can play tough, and deliver points too. As long as he can keep from getting burned by the OV’s of the games, he will be pivotal for Canada.

– Mike Green, Washington. He is this generations’ Paul Coffey. He is quick, can shoot, and will be the main offensive force from the backend.

– Drew Doughty, Los Angeles. He has been one of the top defencemen in the league so far, and is one of those young guns who has the game to play and contribute on the biggest stage.

– Shea Weber, Nashville. He has excelled for the country many times in his young career, and his shot and edge will be keys to our success.

– Dan Boyle, San Jose. Believe it or not, he is one of the more under-rated players in the league. We know he can put up numbers, but, is very dependable in his own, and should be a part of this team.

– Michael Del Zotto, New York Rangers. This one is way out there…WAY out there, but, if you look at the top players right now in the game…this rookie is among them. As a 7th d-man, he will be ready to roll if called upon (at least that’s what he told me).

CENTRES:

– Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh. We all know why.

– Joe Thornton, San Jose. This isn’t a long, drawn out 7 game series where Joe seems to struggle. I like his size and play-making skills, and he will have a pair of wingers to dish to, as opposed to the one, or one and a half he was in California.

– Mike Richards, Philadelphia. He really can do it all. He can score, he can check, and he can be mean. The perfect team Canada player.

– Jeff Carter, Philadelphia. He has started relatively slow, but, his speed, size and shot are what will get him on this team.

– Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim. An off season injury has hampered his start, but, based on how he has progressed year after year, there is no doubt that he is the ‘next’ big centreman in Canada behind Sid the Kid.

WINGERS:

– Rick Nash, Columbus. He may be the best player in hockey right now…and has always been stellar for Canada.

– Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay. Year after year, ‘Mighty Mouse’, puts up the points. He is fast, he is always determined, and he is a winner. Should be on Canada.

– Dany Heatley, San Jose. Fans in Alberta may not be too keen on ‘Heater’, but, he is a pure scorer who can play in any situation, and is Canada’s greatest scorer of all time.

– Jarome Iginla, Calgary. He is traditionally a slow starter, but, is a force despite being on the most over-rated team in the NHL. (sorry Flames fans). Is there any hockey fan who wouldn’t want Iggy on their team? I didn’t think so.

– Ryan Smyth, Los Angeles. Formerly known as Captain Canada, he is healthy and playing incredible in this young season. If he can put up big numbers with Kopitar and Williams, wait ’til he is playing with big Joe or Sid.

– Mike Cammalleri, Montreal. He is the Marc Savard of Canadian wingers. He really doesn’t get the respect he deserves. He has a great release, is quick down low, and wants to win. You can’t argue with his numbers.

– James Neal, Dallas. Now is the time where I add some players who are performing now. As much as team-mate Brenden Morrow is probably considered more to be on the team, Neal is a young buck who is healthy, and one who should provide a little more offence than Morrow.

– Dustin Penner, Edmonton. This is the kicker of all my picks. He has under-achieved ever since he landed in Edmonton, but, his numbers are a reflection of his desire to be better, tougher, and mentally strong. If he is still rolling in late December, he should be on the team.

 

So, there is period one of my team. Now, for those not on the team:

– Martin Brodeur, New Jersey. I am sorry…but, as of right now, he isn’t among Canada’s top goalies.

– Dion Phaneuf & Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary. I have seen games this year where each has been the hero…but, also games where they have been goats. Consistency will be needed in the next couple of months to make it.

– Lecavalier, Doan, Stamkos etc. Some of our regular suspects aren’t playing up to par, or some have to prove that they can keep it up all season. The team could change considerably in the next 2 months…but, if the tourny started tomorrow…that’s the team I would ice!

Love it or leave it bee-atches! (except for you Mr. Yzerman…)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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